Gloria M Mensah
Department of Politics and International Relations
PhD research student
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Department of Politics and International Relations
Gloria has progressed through different fields and disciplines in her educational and professional career. After completing her undergraduate studies in Environmental Science with a First Class Honours at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, Gloria trained as a health, safety and environmental professional with Technip Ghana, a French owned international company with specialities of Engineering, Procurement and Construction for the Oil & Gas industry.
Her work involved Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE) planning and management of oil & gas projects onshore and offshore. Some of her roles included conducting HSSE training and awareness sessions for engineers, monitoring of company’s environmental key performance indicators, hazard identification and risk assessment, emergency response management, carrying out health and safety audits and inspections at various sites, technical interfaces with local environmental contractors, site incident investigation, amongst others.
During this period, she also served on major projects, notably the T.E.N UFR Development Project, which aimed at the collective development of three oil & gas fields, namely Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme in Ghana. With the fields representing a water depth of 1000m to 2000m, this project was the first deep-water field developed offshore Ghana. She served as the Project’s Health, Safety, Security and Environmental representative as well as the Emergency Response Engineer for Technip, ensuring that all health and safety procedures were in line with the Project’s Health and Safety Plan. In this role, she also conducted HSSE training, audits and inspections at various spool bases and factories during a 4-month rotational training in Technip-France, Finland and Scotland.
After a two-year challenging, but fascinating role in HSSE, she took on an MSc. (ENG) Environmental and Energy Engineering program at the University of Sheffield, a program which provided relevant exposition on knowledge of diverse engineering tools for dealing with environmental and energy problems (such as air pollution, water pollution and climate change), attaining a distinction grade overall.
She researched into the performance evaluation of amines, specifically, Dimethylethanolamine (DMEA) and Monoethanolamine (MEA) for carbon dioxide capture using a spiral rotating device. This was where her interest in Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization was aroused, and subsequently laid a solid foundation for her current PhD research.
2015 - 2016 MSc. (ENG) Environmental and Energy Engineering (Distinction), The University of Sheffield, UK
2009 - 2013 BSc. Environmental Science (First Class Honours), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST, Ghana)
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PhD Title: Agenda-setting and Carbon Dioxide Utilization Technologies (CDU) in the UK
Primary Supervisor: Dr. Kate Dommett
Secondary Supervisors: Dr. Chris Jones, Prof. Peter Styring
Gloria is a doctoral researcher conducting an interdisciplinary sustainability research-based project, spanning disciplines Engineering, Politics and Psychology. Her research is focussed on gaining an understanding of the agenda-setting processes for Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU) technologies in the UK. CDU technologies are emerging, they represent a range of technologies that utilize ‘waste’ carbon dioxide gas (CO2) by transforming it into a product that is commercially viable and sale-able. CO2 for utilization purposes can be captured directly from point sources, for example, power plants and industrial sources or directly from the atmosphere. Pursuance of CDU technologies are for the following reasons; namely, climate change mitigation, reducing carbon dependency by the use of more environmentally friendly and sustainable CO2-derived products, promoting resource and energy efficiency, improving waste incineration, providing economic benefits from the sale of CDU products and lessening environmental quality degradation.
While scientific research is accelerating for CDU, little is known about the socio-political processes that surround the promotion and implementation of this technology. In particular, in the UK, previous innovations such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) (a technology that precedes CDU) have shown the challenges that advocates can face when promoting a new technology. This research is based on the contention that it is not only important to consider what technology is available, but also how socio-political barriers to the adoption and implementation of that technology can be overcome. As such, this project draws lessons from the CCS case to explore and understand the political process, considering how ideas get on the political agenda and come to be taken seriously by policy makers. Developing these insights this thesis considers the prospects for CDU and the potential factors that may affect its success.
In adopting this focus, this thesis looks primarily at the issue of agenda-setting, usually contextualised as the first stage of the policy making process. Agenda-setting describes how certain issues come into prominence on an agenda while others fail to do so. Scholarly studies in agenda-setting and public policy suggest that issues come into prominence on an agenda based on factors such as the influence of policy actors, political processes, problem framing and definition, amongst others. This project will thus utilize a public policy framework to map out the challenges and options for those seeking to promote CDU technologies.
Adopting an interdisciplinary approach by integrating perspectives from different disciplines in this project, Gloria seeks to contribute to existing theory on policy making with respect to emerging technologies like CDU, in effect, bridging the gap between science and policy.
Gloria’s research is funded by the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.
- Environmental science and engineering
- Health, Safety, Security and Environmental issues
- Public policy
- Energy policy
- Environmental policy
- Interface of science with political processes
- Professional activities
- NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, RRC Training, UK
- Certificate, Professional Incident Investigation System (1-day Investigator Course), Kelvin TOPSET Limited, Scotland
- Certificate, Professional Incident Investigation System (3-day Senior Investigator Course), Kelvin TOPSET Limited, Scotland
- Ghana Education Trust Fund Scholarship (2015-2016)
- Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures Scholarship, The University of Sheffield (2016-2020)
- Graduate member, Energy Institute, UK
- Committee member, The All African Postgraduate Research Group (AAPoRG)